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Departures Lounge: Matic on the verge of Premier League return
News on a former Chelsea midfielder coming back to the club and a current one on the way out.

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Chelsea return for Matic: Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic is on the verge or re-joining Chelsea having left the club for Benfica as part of the deal to sign David Luiz in 2011. The Pensioners will pay around £20m for the 25-year-old’s services.

De Bruyne off to Germany: Heading for the exit at Chelsea, meanwhile, is Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne who is close to moving to Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

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Man City to splash out on Shaw? Reports over the weekend suggested that Manchester City could offer Southampton as much as £30m for teenage full-back Luke Shaw, who is also a target of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Canaries after Gutierrez: Having worked under Chris Hughton at Newcastle, Argentine wideman Jonas Gutierrez may link up with the former Ireland defender at Norwich this month if speculation about his future is true.

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Man United linked with Vidal: David Moyes is believed to have funds to spend this month and rumours that Manchester United could bid for Juventus’ all-action Arturo Vidal have again surfaced.

Bayern Munich join the race for Mata: Spanish star Juan Mata has fallen out of favour at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and a host of Europe’s top clubs are looking at the possibility. European champions Bayern Munich are the latest club mentioned.

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